Budgeting Your Catered Affair – Where to Start?


Whether planning for your wedding or for your next corporate event, trying to budget for catering can be difficult. You want the food to be delicious without having to break the bank. To help you through the planning process, use this quick budgeting guide to get started.

  1. Figure out how many people you are planning for. You might not think it’s important to do a headcount before the big day gets here, but it will greatly impact your caterer’s ability to prepare and affect your budget. Most caterers can give you a quote based on the amount of people that will be served.
  2. Choose a pricing system. Many catering companies have different types of pricing depending on what you want. For instance, there could be a fixed price set for each platter or entrée served.  You could also choose to do tiered pricing. This is ideal for large groups as it charges you a ‘per-plate’ price.
  3. Ask about discounts. Your caterer could cut you a deal based on the amount of people attending your event. Before finalizing the food or cost, make sure that you ask about any discounts that could be available.
  4. Finalize your food and the final details. Once you have a better idea of who is attending and how much the different options will be, choose a menu that fits into your designated budget. Be sure to finalize the date, time, and details.


Trying to budget for your next event doesn’t need to be a hassle. If you have any questions about pricing or budgeting for your guests, speak with your caterer. They have the experience needed to help you along the way.

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